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, they have a dynamic leader in president ellen johnson surly. her commitment to liberia, the experience she's gone through in becoming president and convincing me and convincing a lot of business people that liberia is open for business, that the government is folk cushioned on contractual rights, is focused on prohibiting any form of bribery or corruption, and as i said, liberia has ridge mineral rue sours, fishing opportunity and tourist opportunity. i can't imagine in any scenario that the liberian people will return to any form of the civil war that crippled liberia for 15 to 20 years. >> you attend the bic congressional black caucus weekend and when you talk to leaders about subsaharan africa and specifically liberia, what reaction do you get? >> most of the members have been committed to africa for a long time and they took the lead in ending apartheid in south africa and they have seen what happened in ghana with political stability and they look at liberia because of the number of liberians who live in the united states. there's a huge population living here, some 15,000 in atlanta
this our top priority. my chief of staff, ellen, the district director met in memphis. brittany johnson, who is the director in the area of health care, the whole office worked on the issue and we brought it as a bill, but we also had it included in the first health care bill that the health care bill that passed this house. and it was featured in the speaker's bullet points about what it could possibly do for infant mortality, for this to be the largest outreach program that the federal government has ever engaged in and this is an authorization to find answers to the problem of infant mortality. of course, because of the situation of politics in the senate, we had to go to a reconciliation, there wasn't a conference committee, and this part of the health care bill wasn't included because the senate didn't have it and reconciliation didn't allow it for proposals like this that didn't add to it or decrease from the budget. this was an authorization, so it didn't make it to the final phase because of what happened in massachusetts. that hurt us in what can be an important step forward fo
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